The Sustainable Development Policy Institute(SDPI) will be hosting its Sixteenth Sustainable Development Conference titled 'Creating Momentum: Today is Tomorrow' in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium will be at the SDPI conference looking at livelihoods in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS), particularly in the South Asian region.
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Three quick points on decisions by the third plenum of the eighteenth congress of the Chinese Communist Party
The third plenum of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s eighteenth party congress set the agenda for next phase of reform of the world’s second largest economy and 20% of the world population. Here I want to highlight three issues that are of global interests.
1. End of the ‘one child policy’: correcting aging demographics
Steven A. ZyckRegional organisations are frequently cited as key emerging actors in the humanitarian sphere. This paper examines the concepts and institutions underlying regional organisations before examining their contributions to three areas: the humanitarian response to refugee crises, conflict management and disaster risk reduction (DRR).
Over 2012-13 the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) conducted a panel survey in five conflict-affected countries; DRC, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda.
The aim was to find out people’s perceptions of basic services, livelihoods, and their views of governance actors.
SLRC plan to go back and re-interview the same households in 2015 to find out whether their perceptions shift over time.
Research Director, Rachel Slater reflects on whether we were crazy to do something so ambitious at the DSA Conference.
At the 2013 DSA Annual Conference, the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium will hosting a panel entitled 'Service delivery and state-building: perceptions of governance in fragile and conflict affected situations'.
It has been difficult to process the destruction of last Friday’s Typhoon Haiyan, which flattened villages across 36 provinces in the Philippines. The United Nations now estimates that 2.5 million people are in need of food aid and close to 600,000 have been displaced.
After nearly a decade, Nepal is approaching its 2nd national election of the Constituent Assembly.
Typhoon Haiyan – the strongest storm ever recorded – hit the Philippines on 7 November 2013, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The UN has estimated that over 11 million people were affected, and some 673,000 people displaced. Up to 10,000 are feared dead, but massive infrastructure damage has made the task of accessing communities and assessing their needs all the more difficult.
Why was this storm so catastrophic? Was the Philippines prepared for the disaster? How can international agencies, governments, and the public best help people in need? And what lessons can we learn from humanitarian responses to past disasters, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 2010 Haiti earthquake?
It has been five days since the largest storm of the century – Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda – swept through the Philippines leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Only now are aid agencies beginning to get a clearer picture of the needs and the suffering in the 36 affected provinces.
The typhoon has stretched communities to breaking point, but international governments and aid agencies must resist ‘saviour syndrome’ – believing they can enter a disaster zone and bypass national structures in their efforts to support those in need.
After disasters strike, can homes, communities, and institutions be ‘built back better’? Released nearly nine years after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, this report examines the concept of ‘build back better’, seeking to understand the aspirations, implications and resulting impact of the term on recovery and reconstruction in three disaster responses - the Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the earthquake in Haiti.